My Favorite Recipe-Part 1

May 12, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

I always wanted to be a mom, but no one told me that came with having to come up with a dinner idea for the rest of your natural life.  It's exhausting and we could all use a little help, amiright?

This recipe I found years ago and has since been slightly changed and adjusted until it fit us.  My husband is insistent that this is a "secret" recipe and not to be let out of our house (his family has a few secret recipes) so sssshhhhhh.  Never tell him you found this here.  

Here's what you need:

  • whole chicken (I usually make sure it's at least 6 lbs, so I can use the leftovers for chicken soup or chicken pot pie the next day!)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of water

That's it!  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all your ingredients in a bowl together and use as a dry rub on your chicken.  Make sure you get all sides of the chicken and place the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish.  At this point, you can leave the chicken as is, or you can put veggies in the pan around it for a one stop dinner plan.  If I include the veggies, I put in baby carrots and diced potatoes.  Pour your water into the bottom of the pan.  Do not pour over the chicken, or you'll wash off all that seasoning you just put on there!

Place your chicken (and veggies, if you choose) into the oven.  If you chose to add veggies, cover your pan with tinfoil, and then uncover for about the last half hour to 45 minutes of cooking.  If you chose no veggies, you can leave your chicken uncovered. 

Baste your chicken (and veggies!) every 30-45 minutes.  

Depending on the size of your chicken, and whether you added some vegetables, cooking can take 2-4 hours.  Chicken is done when the internal temperature is at 165 degrees.  

 

That's it!  That's the whole start to finish recipe.  My kids love this recipe.  The combination of spices is so perfect for fall, but honestly, we eat this all year round.  I can't get my kids to eat chicken any other way.  They're not interested.  

And making life even easier, in a day or two, when everyone is sick of it, you can plop the whole chicken back into a pot of boiling water and transform it into a new meal!  If you make it, check in!  I'd love to know if your family loved it!


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